|Emma makes a portal to the pocket universe.|
Landing in 1974, the Doctor and Clara investigate a house in the country owned by Professor Alec Palme (Dougray Scott) and his empath "assistant" (read: lots of UST) Emma Grayling (Jessica Raine, Call The Midwife.) The two have been looking into reports of a ghost at the house that only Emma, with her abilities, can feel. Intrigued, the Doctor takes a look at the house throughout all of recorded time, scarring Clara with knowledge of the Earth's destruction in the process, and proceeds to gather a series of photographs showing a woman running away from something. He explains to Alec and Emma that the woman in the house is in fact a time traveller trapped in an pocket universe echoing into our own. The Doctor pops through to save her but he gets trapped, forcing Clara to battle with the Tardis in order to go in and rescue him.
It was an episode with so much that I just loved. The fun sci-fi explanation for a ghost felt very similar to Neil Cross' previous rationalist Doctor Who in Rings, and formed a solid backbone to the episode that also allowed him to work in all manner of references to Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee. I also loved the backstory between our two guest stars, which was immediately fun and identifiable. Scott and Raine are perhaps two of my favourite guest stars since... well, the last ones that I said were my favourite. I can't really remember.
|The Doctor sees the "ghost" at the Earth's beginnings.|
Neil Cross is just a genius, really, and in an ideal world he'd be lining up to take over the show. I know he has Luther, but that's always a four-episode deal and if Moffat and Gattis can write Sherlock then Cross can balance two shows as well. His themes and ideas, taking a focus both on the inherant value in reality and scientific principles and then also in the value of human relationships. It's clever and fun and... eugh, I just love it so much.
NEXT WEEK: We Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS.